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Churchill Academy & Sixth Form


We are lucky at Churchill Academy to be able to offer both Digital and Dark room facilities for Photography. Students are taught from scratch for those with little or no experience, and we build on previous experience for those with some basic knowledge.

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Subject specific entry requirement: Standard Sixth Form entry
Qualification: A Level
Topics and areas covered:

Year 12:

Students will experiment with different genres of Photography in Yr 12. They will learn to use both digital cameras and dark room techniques. We teach students how to read a photograph and the elements that make a good photograph. They will be introduced to Photoshop, and learn how to create both a digital portfolio and how to use a sketchbook. 

Students in Yr 12 start their coursework and all practical work is fully supported by analysis and understanding of the work of other photographers. Students develop their visual awareness and develop an understanding of how to express concepts and feelings through their own photography.

Year 13:

Terms 1 and 2 -

  • Students will continue to develop their coursework towards a final piece.
  • Students will write a Personal Study Essay which will make links to their own work and will broaden their cultural understanding

Term 3 - Exam unit, externally set theme. Development of ideas as a digital portfolio leading to 15 hour practical exam to create the final piece.

Future career path:

Photography A Level is a good stepping stone to go on to study a Foundation Course or Degree in Photography or Art. Former students have gone on to study at top Universities for the Arts such as

Falmouth University. It is also a good A Level to study if wanting to go onto to complete a degree in Media, Art, Textiles, Journalism, Graphic design as a few examples.

Examination information:  
Additional information: Cannot be studied as an AS Level (4th choice).